Arc 1800 resort guide - a general overview
Arc 1800 is the main resort of the Les Arcs region and has most to offer with regards to nightlife, resort atmosphere, shops, bars, amenities etc. It also has a great central position within the Les Arcs ski area giving swift and easy access to one of the World's largest ski areas - the Paradiski region (shared with La Plagne), offes over 425 kilometres of pisted terrain! This will certainly offer more than enough for a week's holiday. Accommodation in Les Arcs is mostly in self catering apartments but there are a few catered chalets in Les Arcs 1800 which offer very good value ski holiday options.
The scenery of the area is pretty spectacular and we recommend looking out for the peak of Mont Blanc that can be seen from some of the chairlifts of Les Arcs. If you do find yourself in bad weather then the Peisey-Vallandry ski area provides great cover with long tree-lined runs down in to Vallandry.
The resort is made up of three main open air shopping areas: Charvet, Villards (with main lifts) and Charmettoger. The latter with its wood clad buildings being the most attractive. There are few non skier attractions in Les Arcs in general but Arc 1800 is better than most with bowling and a skating rink to add to the obligatory bars, crepe stalls and shops. There is also a cinema showing English speaking films. Arc 1800 is probably one of the best resorts for children with a dedicated ski area with moving carpet lifts. There is also a climbing wall and sledge track.
1,800m - 3,225m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Good situation from which to explore the Les Arcs and Paradiski ski domains
- Lively resort with plenty of apres ski and nightlife
- High and snow sure with mainly North facing slopes holding snow late into season
- A few old chairlifts are frustrating
- No long green runs for aspiring intermediates
Les Arcs (1800) Resort Restaurants
Arc 1800 has the best and widest selection of resaurants out of the 4 village areas, and offers everything from pizzas and burgers to Haute Cuisine. To satisfy a selection of tastes, try the Casa Mia, the Triangle Noir or the Equipage which offer good food, service and resasonable prices, and can quite happily cater for family groups. For foodies, the palate can be whet at Chalet Bouvier, The Petit Zinc, the Chalet de Milo or the Chez les Filles.
Les Arcs (1800) Mountain Restaurants
Like most large puropse built resorts, there is plenty of choice, though the mountain resaurants in Les Arcs can be quite unremarkable but are fine for a quick spot of lunch on the go and most have great views over the valley from their terraces. If you are after something a bit more flavoursome and charming, then it is best to head towards the lower villages. On the Vallandry side, a short taxi ride will bring you to the Ancolie, a traditional auberge with fantastic food, you will need to book ahead as it is quite small, or towards Le Pre, try the Belliou La Fumee at Pre-St-Esprit, The Ferme or the Aiguille Rouge are all friendly with very good food.
Les Arcs (1800) Apres Ski
Arc 1800 is really the liveliest place to be in the Les Arcs region and is the main centre for the apres ski scene. A good start at the beginning of the evening is the J.O Bar, which is open till late and has live music (read cover bands in true resort style!), the Red Hot Saloon and the Jungle Cafe are all friendly spots where the cocktails, music and atmosphere may keep you out long past bed time! For a quieter tipple, there is a cosy bar in Place Miravaldi called the Gabotte, and the Jazz Bar in the Hotel du Golf.
Les Arcs (1800) Nightlife
Most of the venues above carry on to the small hours!